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Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2014
Government Code Provisions
Provisions Relating to Timberland
Chapter 6.7. Timberland*
Article 6. Eminent Domain or Other Acquisition†
51155. Rezoning required when land zoned as timberland production zone is acquired by public agency. When any action in eminent domain for the condemnation of the fee title of an entire parcel of land zoned as timberland production is filed or when that land is acquired in lieu of eminent domain for a public agency or person or whenever there is any such action or acquisition by the federal government or any person, instrumentality or agency acting under authority or power of the federal government, the parcel shall be deemed immediately rezoned (pursuant to Section 51130) as to the land actually being condemned or so acquired as of the date the action is filed and for the purposes of establishing the value of the land, the timberland production zone (TPZ) shall be deemed never to have existed.
Upon the termination of such a proceeding, the parcel shall be immediately rezoned for all land actually taken or acquired.
When an action to condemn or acquire less than all of a parcel of land subject to a TPZ is commenced, the parcel shall be deemed immediately rezoned as to the land actually condemned or acquired and shall be disregarded in the valuation process only as to the land actually being taken, unless the remaining land subject to the TPZ will be adversely affected by the condemnation, in which case the value of that damage shall be computed without regard to the TPZ.
When an action to condemn or acquire an interest which is less than the fee title of an entire parcel or any portion thereof, of land subject to a TPZ is commenced, the parcel shall be deemed immediately rezoned as to that interest and for the purpose of establishing the value of that interest only shall be deemed never to have existed, unless the remaining interests in any of the land subject to the TPZ will be adversely affected, in which case the value of that damage shall be computed without regard to the TPZ.
The land actually taken shall be removed from the TPZ. Under no circumstances shall land be removed that is not actually taken, except that when only a portion of the land or less than a fee interest in the land is taken or acquired, the parcel may be immediately rezoned with respect to the remaining portion or interest upon petition of either party, and pursuant to the provisions of Article 4 (commencing with Section 51130).
For the purposes of this section, a finding by the board or council that no authorized use may be made of the land if the TPZ is continued on the remaining portion or interest in the land may satisfy the requirements of subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 51134, and subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 4621.2 of the Public Resources Code.
History.—Stats. 1982, Ch. 1489, in effect January 1, 1983, substituted "production" for "preserve" after each "timberland" and added "section" before "51130)" in the first paragraph; and deleted "of this chapter" after "51130)" in the second sentence of the fifth paragraph. Stats. 1983, Ch. 1281, in effect September 30, 1983, deleted "such" after "when" in the third and fourth paragraphs, substituted "that" for "such" before the second and third "interest" in the fourth paragraph, and deleted "subdivision (a) of Section 51132" after "requirements of" in the sixth paragraph.
* Chapter 6.7 was added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 176, p. 305, in effect May 24, 1976. Secs. 20 and 21 thereof provided no payment by state to local governments because of this act.
† Added by Stats. 1977, Ch 853, in effect September 17, 1977.